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law professor john barrett examines the life and career of robert h jackson, and his relationship with franklin d. roosevelt. appointed to the supreme court by fdr, jackson serves as at --tor josh served served as solicitor general, attorney general, and lead prosecutor at the nuremberg traveled -- trials afternoon -- world war ii. chief justice john roberts introduced a program. [applause] >> good evening, and welcome to the supreme court of the united states. i think for many of you, if not most, it's probably welcome back. this is a four-part lecture series about the supreme court justices who served in the cabinet.
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i know you are in for a very special evening. started, i want to make it clear that the gratitude between the society and the court runs in both directions. most people are deeply grateful for the work of the society does, and improving the public understanding of the supreme court. these lectures and others like them, many for publications -- we mentioned that this is my favorite long-term. some have said it is the only one i read, but i wouldn't go that far. [laughter] >> also, a particular favorite of mine is the annual summaries for secondary school teachers. this benefit support -- court and public greatly. the second lecture tonight, justice robert jackson. i have a very special connection to the justice, genealogical
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connection. mentioned the close association with derek freeman, with whom i was very privileged to work with for many years. as members of the family just saw recently, justice jackson's portrait is only one of -- is one of only four we have in our conference room. one of the privileges of being chief justice is that you get to choose the portrait. -- portraits. i added the jackson, where it sits along justice john marshall, with a portrait of the chief justice john marshall and benjamin cardozo. masterswas one of the of lighting in the court's history. ,3 years after his early death his memorable writing still resonates.
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most peopleably here have heard the court is -- powerful, but only because we are final. i don't think people realize what appears in the opinion that justice jackson wrote. what i admire most about jackson as many appreciate, his common sense and pragmatism. in the many chapters of his professional life, a country lawyer, high government official, politician, diplomat, international prosecutor his common sense and pragmatism, and member of this court, jackson had an eye to allocating his time to further this country and its constitutional system of government.
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i clerked for justice jackson in 1980 term and in an article, -- he said he thought he shared abraham's lincoln "rare ability to profit from experience, to accommodate use when experience in to require accommodation and yet to maintain a sturdy independence of view that took nothing on someone else's say-so", words that i also think describe justice rehnquist himself. we could have a whole program on jackson as a county's -- county seat lawyer, a term that jackson not only personified, else's say-so, words that i also think describe but it are defined in an unforgettable essay. we could have a whole series -- he wishes jackson could of in -- could have been solicitor general for life. we could have a series on jackson as war crimes prosecutor, excepting a difficult assignment to make sure the world understood and made a record here it could have -- of the evil perpetrated a nazi germany and leaders. we
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could certainly spend more than an evening on jackson as a member of fdr's cabinet. anything is a good start and are lecture tonight is sure to make -- our lecture tonight is sure to make the most of it. professor john q barrett teaches at st. john's university school of law. he is a follow at the robert h jackson center where he also serves on the board of trustees, which i have had the pleasure of visiting. he is a man behind me "jackson list" historical and adult and context that he sends to more than 100,000 devoted readers. he edited the 2003 book "that man" and insider's view -- barrett is working on a full biography of justice jackson, which many of us are looking forward to reading. please join me in welcoming justice john
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barrett. [applause] mr. barrett: thank you, chief justice roberts, for that introduction. thank you to jennifer low-cut my and all who have been part of these arrangements. it's a pleasure to be in this room with many friends, especially members of the jackson family, jackson's friends, and people connected with the robert h jackson settlement. i wish to begin with a word about leanne silverman. i had the privilege to meet him through his longtime close colleague and friend, lawrence walsh, a teacher and friend, as to drop -- and as to drop further connection to this, he worked for many years and a law
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firm, harris shriver and jacobson, which he joined in 1949, and went to chair. there was a lawyer named sam harris, who in 1945-1946, was a junior, and important prosecutor on justice robert jackson. thater main partner in firm, shriver, had another law after justice jackson's time, who moved into jackson's former home. indeed, he also later moved into jackson's former office, of the attorney general of the united states. i'm getting ahead of myself. i will begin talking about this majestic building and two point in time in the life of robert jackson. franklin d roosevelt was president for neither, and yet he was here. the first date is 1932, robert jackson was in washington for the american bar association's annual meeting
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held at the mayflower hotel. he was very involved in bar association act duties and he was an officer and or grams weaker -- and program speaker that year. on that thursday, october 13, 1932, many lawyers who were in town for the meeting attended on this use of land, the official groundbreaking of this building. president herbert hoover wielded the trial as the cornerstone was l, thewell, -- trowel cornerstone was laid into place. very likely, robert h jackson was watching from a position quite deep into the crowd, we will refer to that as a euchre -- bob euchre seat. [laughter] >> the idea that he would take a seat in this completed building on that seat behind me, what
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have in far-fetched. i doubt the daydream would have occurred in jackson's own mind even though it was a place of great confidence and high ambition. it came to pass within nine years. and for a myriad of reasons is the president of united states, franklin d roosevelt. the second date i will use to introduce this evening is may 13, 1952. it was a moment when roosevelt had been gone seven years, but he came intensely to mind that day, particularly robert jackson. it was a day in two days -- on that day, may 13, 1950 two, the solicitor general of the united states who would also be acting attorney general, speaking in his oral argument directly to justice jackson argued that truman had the constitutional
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wer to seize private property. -- power to seize private property. mr. barrett: and his lawyer told him he had the
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